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The South Korean K2C carbine is broadly equivalent to the US M4 carbine

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service ?
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight 3.77 kg
Length 875 mm
Length (with folded stock) 777 mm
Barrel length 310 mm
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 700 - 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire ~ 300 m

 

   The K2C carbine was developed in South Korea by Daewoo. It is a more compact version of the K2A assault rifle with a shorter barrel and telescopic buttstock. It is broadly equivalent to the US M4 carbine. This weapon was tested by the South Korean special forces as a possible replacement for the South Korean K1A compact assault rifle. It was planned that if the tests are successful production of this weapon would begin in 2015. A small number of these carbines was exported to some countries. Notably this weapon is used by Iraqi special forces.

   The K2C is a gas operated, selective fire, weapon, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. It is based on the American Armalite AR-18 assault rifle, that was superior and less expensive than M16, but was not adopted by the United States. The K2C has a stamped and welded sheet steel construction rather than machined forging techniques employed in M16 assault rifle and M4 carbine. As a result the K2C is built to looser mechanical tolerances. It also reduced the weapon's production price. The K2C retains a number of the M16 and M4 design features, including a generally similar receiver and bolt group. However this carbine has a different gas system which is more reliable. Also Daewoo designers made some other improvements to this weapon. Overall it is a reliable and successful combat weapon.

   A fire mode selector is located on the left side of the receiver. It is conveniently operated by the shooter's thumb. The fire mode selector has positions for "safe", "semi-auto", "3-round burst", and "full-auto".

   The K2C is normally fed from 30-round capacity magazines. Though sometimes it is used with older 20-round magazines. Both are standard NATO (M16-type) magazines.

   This carbine has got a side-folding buttstock, which can be also adjusted for length. The buttstock resembles that of the Barrett REC7. Also there are version of the K2C with an M4-style buttstock. Though the REC7 and M4 can not be adapted for a side-folding stock due to their internal design features. The different gas system of the K2C allowed to fit a side-folding buttstock. There is also a version of the K2C with a solid side-folding buttstock, similar to that of the K2 assault rifle.

   This weapon has got a full-length Picatinny-type scope rail. It can mount red dot sights, telescopic sights or night vision sights. The K2C comes as standard with simple iron sights. The front sight post is mounted on the gas block. The adjustable rear post is mounted on the scope rail. A claimed effective range of fire of the K2C is a whooping 600 meters. However the real effective range is around 300 meters, due to a short barrel of this weapon. Still though it in terms of range this carbine outperforms the South Korean K1A compact assault rifle.

   The K2C has got accessory rails over its foregrip. It can mount vertical grip, bipod, laser pointer, tactical flashlight or other accessories. Flash hider of some models can be used to snap or to shoot through a barbed wire.

 

 
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